"very aggressive touts" Syria Warnings Or Dangers Tip by anilegna
Syria Warnings and Dangers: 60 reviews and 37 photos
not a problem or a danger, just an annoyance, unlike my trip to Jordan (Wadi Rum & Petra) 2 months ago, now (Feb) is probably the lowest of low season in Syria, the perceived danger of visiting Syria does not help either, at some of the tourists sights, ie Palmyra & Krak de C., the touts there outnumber the tourists 10:1 (very sad for them)... so with the lack of targets, they are very persistent and a bit aggressive, so i.e. if you like wandering castles (like me), you can say no to every single "guide", but a new one or the same one will pop up every 5 minutes to start guiding you again for "free" -- even if you tell them you really appreciate their assistance and despite the "free" service, you'd much rather wander by yourself, you will still be followed.
this was not an issue in the cities (Aleppo & Damascus) so I found the time there much more relaxing.